Folk On Productions

    Producing the dramatic works of playwright, screenwriter and composer, Jahn Sood.

    We Were An Island

    A short narrative film directed by Peter Logue and written by Jahn Sood, inspired by the book "We Were An Island: The Maine Life of Art and Nan Kellam" by Peter Blanchard III.

     Mount Desert Island, ME, United States
    This is a Fiscally-Sponsored Project

    Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas

    NARRATIVE
    We Were An Island imagines the life of Art & Nan Kellam, a couple who moved to an uninhabited island off the coast of Maine in 1949. Whether in response to the horrors they witnessed in international news during World War II or from a desire to take on a life project that was utterly unique, the couple built their own home and lived in near isolation for the subsequent four decades.  During their time on Placentia, the Kellams experienced both independence from society and a connection with nature that seem nearly impossible today. They lived a life of their own design, and yet not without challenges.  Their story is an apt metaphor for what it means to enter a life partnership, what is gained and what we each give up. Ultimately it is a grand accomplishment just to remain on that ‘island’ of our own design.  In a series of short imagistic scenes, our film tells the Kellam’s story from their arrival on Placentia in 1949, until just after Art’s death in 1985, when Nan made the choice to return to the island and live there alone.
     
    PROJECT
    When Maine filmmaker Peter Logue approached playwright Jahn Sood with the idea of writing a narrative film inspired by the life of Art & Nan Kellam, he was surprised to find that Sood had visited Placentia in the 1990s when the Kellam’s home was still intact and that the playwright had dreamed about the life they must have lived there.  Logue, having grown up on nearby Mount Desert Island, was steeped in local lore about the couple’s alternative lifestyle and wanted to tell their story as a way to celebrate Maine living.  The two began researching in 2015.  They since have connected with Peter Blanchard III, the author of We Were An Island: The Maine Life of Art and Nan Kellam, who is also the steward of Placentia Island, now owned and protected by The Nature Conservancy, as well as several MDI residents who remember the Kellams first hand.  They also had the benefit of reading from Nan Kellam’s extensive journals from her time on Placentia.  Sood has now completed a draft of the screenplay, and the team has expanded to include cinematographer Dean Merrill who has made a career shooting films at sea off the coast of Maine as well as for nationally syndicated studios.
     
    GOALS
    Our goal is to shoot the 30-minute film in the summer of 2018 on Placentia and locations on Mount Desert Island.  The film will be edited and scored by the spring of 2019.  We will then submit to international film festivals that would help the film reach a broad audience and screen the film locally to support organizations with special interest in Maine conservation efforts and cultural heritage.  While these interest groups will certainly be honored in the making of this film, we believe the narrative will also be accessible to a broad audience that relates to the relationship story and the fantasy of true alternative living, as we find ourselves in a new time when many Americans ponder leaving society to seek sanctuary from the news and national politics.

    BUDGET
    We have successfully raised $45,000 of the film's $70,000 budget, and are seeking your help for the remaining $25,000. Every dollar raised will go directly to the film through paying/ feeding/ housing our cast and crew and renting professional film equipment for the week, including the Arri Alexa Mini as our primary camera. 

    CREATIVE TEAM
    Peter Logue  (Director / Producer)
    peterloguefilms.com
    A native of Southwest Harbor, Peter Logue has directed, filmed, and edited a series of acclaimed short films including: The Search for the White Rose, a documentary about German university students who led a massive resistance against the Nazis, has screened at Harvard, USC, DePaul, Springfield College, and over forty other venues and has been distributed in more than 5,000 high schools nationwide; and The Crooked Road Shakespeare Kids, an award-winning short film about a group of homeschool students who share a passion for the work of William Shakespeare.  Peter has produced and directed commissioned films for Friends of Acadia, College of the Atlantic, the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, MDI Hospital, Camp Beech Cliff, Criterion Theatre, MDI Historical Society, Bar Harbor Historical Society, and the New England Parkinson’s Ride. He received the 2016 Maine Arts Commission Artist Fellowship for Multimedia/ Film.
     
    Jahn Sood (Screenwriter / Producer)
    jahnsood.com
    Jahn Sood is a New York based playwright and composer. He assisted composer Pat Irwin (of the B-52’s) on the scores of AMC’s Feed the Beast, Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, HBO’s Bored to Death, and several films. His original works have been presented at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Two River Theater Company, Barrington Stage, Goodspeed Opera House, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Cloud City, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Barrow Street, Musical Theatre Factory, Theater at St. Clements, NYU Tisch, Culturehub Studios, The Factory Theater (Boston), Barn Arts Collective (Bass Harbor, ME), The Strand Theater (Rockland, ME), Seoul Institute of the Arts (Korea) and Stage Theater Neue Flora (Hamburg, Germany).  He was a founding member of Ezra Furman & the Harpoons and toured nationally with the group.   He is a graduate of NYU Tisch (Graduate Musical Theater Writing) and Tufts University and a proud member of the Dramatist’s Guild of America, ASCAP and AFM Local 802.  
     
    Dean Merrill (Director of Photography)
    swallowtailmedia.com 
    Dean Merrill has been working with media for over fifteen years as a cinematographer and director. He has worked with international brands and studios such as National Geographic, The History Channel, ABC, L.L. Bean, Timberland, LoJack, Chase Manhattan, and featured in The New York Times, National Public Radio (NPR), Filmmaker, Indiewire, and MovieMaker Magazine. He was the cinematographer for the 2015 feature film "Neptune" and has worked on several Maine-made narrative films throughout his career.

    Jenna Grossano & James Presson (Producers)
    Jenna Grossano & James Presson are a New York-based producing team. TV credits include Vinyl (HBO), Civil (TNT, pilot), Get Shorty (Epix/MGM), The Purge (USA/Blumhouse), and Royally (NYTVF winner - Critics Award). Film credits include w4m (dir. Danny Goldstein) and several projects with GoldCat Productions (dir. Lauren Ireland). Projects in development include King of Texas (dir. Allen Coulter) and television projects with HBO, eOne, Major League Baseball, Cross Creek, and Cold Front. Their award-winning theatre company Less Than Rent has produced work at over a dozen major New York venues since 2010 including La MaMa, 59e59, HERE Arts Center, and New Ohio.
     
    Peter P. Blanchard III (Consultant / Author of Source Material)
    We Were An Island: The Maine Life of Art and Nan Kellam

    Rewards

    The Lonesome Spruce Club

    Donate $10.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    • A personal thank you email from Peter Logue

    One of the defining landmarks of Placentia Island is the aptly named Lonesome Spruce, under which Art and Nan slept on their very first night on the island.

    The Dory Club

    Donate $25.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    • Digital download of the film before it is made available to the public
    • A personal thank you email from Peter Logue

    Art and Nan's dory, the "Bear Loves Beum", was a vital part of their existence on Placentia. They would row themselves two miles from Placentia to Bass Harbor to run monthly errands on the "big island". Occasionally, when fog or other inclement weather would roll in during one of these rows, they would hitch a ride home from a local fishermen.

    The Bear Club

    Donate $50.00 or more

    Amount over $30.00 is tax-deductible.

    • Special thanks in credits
    • Personal thank you email from Peter Logue
    • DVD and digital download of film before it is made available to the public
    • Digital download of the film’s original score

    Art and Nan affectionately referred to themselves as "the Bears".The origin of this nickname was revealed in one of Nan's journal entries, where she described the first time that they met as being like two bears colliding with each other while searching for honey before rolling back and gazing befuddled into each other's eyes. 

    The Bandstand Club

    Donate $100.00 or more

    Amount over $50.00 is tax-deductible.

    • Special thanks in credits
    • Personal thank you email from Peter Logue
    • DVD and Digital download of film
    • Digital download of the film’s original score
    • The film’s official poster signed by Peter Logue and Jahn Sood
    • Ticket to the film’s premiere on Mount Desert Island (date TBD, travel expenses not included)

    The Bandstand was a small structure built by the Kellam's used primarily as a writer's retreat when even deeper solitude was sought. In the Bandstand, looking out into the bay, countless pages of reflections and prose were written by the Bears.

    The Homewood Club

    Donate $250.00 or more

    Amount over $85.00 is tax-deductible.

    • Special thanks in credits
    • Personal thank you email from Peter Logue
    • DVD and Digital download of film
    • Digital download of film’s original score
    • The film’s official poster signed by Peter Logue and Jahn Sood
    • Two tickets to the film’s premiere on Mount Desert Island (date TBD)
    • Invitation to exclusive reception and viewing party at The Gallery at Somes Sound in advance of the public premiere (date TBD)

    Constructed from the ruins of an old barn that they stumbled upon, Homewood would become the primary residence for the Kellam's throughout their decades on Placentia Island. 

    The Placentia Club

    Donate $1,000.00 or more

    Amount over $385.00 is tax-deductible.

    • Take a trip to Placentia Island with Peter Logue and Peter Blanchard! Boat trip included. Spend an afternoon walking the same trails that Art and Nan spent their life exploring.
    • Peter Logue will attend and introduce the film at a private screening at a venue of your choice (if outside of Maine, travel expenses not included)

    as well as.....

    • Special thanks in credits
    • DVD and Digital download of film
    • Digital download of film’s original score
    • The film’s official poster signed by Peter Logue and Jahn Sood
    • Two tickets to the film’s premiere on Mount Desert Island (date TBD)
    • Invitation to exclusive reception and viewing party at The Gallery at Somes Sound in advance of the public premiere (date TBD)

    When World War II finally ended, Art and Nan looked at each other and knew that they could finally begin "their long journey home". They did not yet know what location would allow for them to fully realize their dreams of self-reliance and exploration, but when they first visited a small Maine island known as Placentia, "intuition was given a chance, and, at long last, both of us sensed the true, knockdown psychic nudge." They had found their home.

    The Kellam Club

    Donate $5,000.00 or more

    Amount over $515.00 is tax-deductible.

    • Receive an Associate Producer credit for "We Were an Island"
    • Take a trip to Placentia Island with Peter Logue and Peter Blanchard! Boat trip included. Spend an afternoon walking the same trails that Art and Nan spent their life exploring.
    • Peter Logue and Jahn Sood will attend and introduce the film at a private screening at a venue of your choice (travel expenses not included)

    as well as....

    • DVD and Digital download of film
    • Digital download of film’s original score
    • The film’s official poster signed by Peter Logue and Jahn Sood
    • Five tickets to the film’s premiere on Mount Desert Island (date TBD)
    • Invitation to exclusive reception and viewing party at The Gallery at Somes Sound in advance of the public premiere (date TBD)

    The legacy left by the Kellams is one of determination, love, and optimism. Your donation will play a vital role in our efforts to honor them through this film.

    The "We Were An Island" Club

    Donate $10,000.00 or more

    Amount over $665.00 is tax-deductible.

    • Receive Executive Producer credit for "We Were an Island". You will become a vital part of our team.
    • Take a trip to Placentia Island with Peter Logue and Peter Blanchard! Boat trip included. Spend an afternoon walking the same trails that Art and Nan spent their life exploring.
    • Peter Logue and Jahn Sood will attend and introduce the film at up to three private screenings at a venue of your choice (travel expenses not included)

    as well as...

    • DVD and Digital download of film
    • Digital download of film’s original score
    • The film’s official poster signed by Peter Logue and Jahn Sood
    • Ten tickets to the film’s premiere on Mount Desert Island (date TBD)
    • Invitation to exclusive reception and viewing party at The Gallery at Somes Sound in advance of the public premiere (date TBD)

    As Executive Producer, you will become an integral part of the "We Were an Island" team as we shoot the film this summer in Maine and then seek to share it with the world through widespread screenings and major international film festivals.